Bangalore: Garden City Bangalore is fast turning into a garbage dump after one of the five landfills in the city has been shut down leading to huge waste pile-ups.
The Garden City has mounds of garbage at almost every street corner, stray dogs and flies flock to the garbage pile-ups, driving people to desperation.
Over the past week, the Bangalore Mahanagar Palika has been struggling to dispose of the 4,000 tonnes of daily waste. One of the five landfills in the city's outskirts at Mavallipura, that serviced nearly 30 per cent of the city's waste, has been shut for ten days following a diktat by the Karnataka pollution control board that it was not scientifically disposing waste.
Commissioner, BBMP, Shankaralinge Gowda said, "Pollution control board has made certain observations on damage to land around this action needs to be taken. We're now trying to satisfy the requirements."
After a week, the slow process of removing garbage dumped around certain areas began on Friday, bringing some respite.
Infosys founder Narayana Murthy said, "I hope that the politicians and bureaucrats will take specific actions."
Civic authorities say the backlog of over 10,000 tonnes could take at least two days more to be cleared up, until then, Bangalore residents will continue to pay for the mucked-up planning. If only scientific waste disposal was taken up earlier, the by-lanes wouldn't have raised a stink.